Rugby Union: Power Ranking Dan Carter's Potential Backups

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Rugby Union: Power Ranking Dan Carter's Potential Backups
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New Zealand's favourite underwear model makes his way back to a starting XV for the first time since his injury during the World Cup this Sunday against the Lions. Although he and New Zealand's other favourite son, Richie McCaw, have both re-signed with the NZRU until 2015, at 30 years old, it is time for Steve Hansen and his crew to groom his replacements.

Last year during the World Cup, the All Blacks rotated between Colin Slade, Aaron Cruden and Stephen Donald. Of those three, Cruden looks like the only one who will be fit for this year's test season. But the first few weeks of the Super Rugby season have shown some great performances from some potential future All Black pivots.

Here are some of the men who could be backing up Dan the Man come June...

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